Riders Choice vs. Kass
Im new to posting here, but have been lurking for a while and recently signed up so I could use the search and try to find some answers. I have been riding for 9 years, one or two weeks a season. I have mostly used rental boards, but think it is time to get a new ride. I'm an intermediate level rider and spend my time about 60% mountain and 40% park. I ride mostly big mountains with a lot of groomers in Colorado. I don't venture in to any super deep powder bowls, but do hit some tree runs. In the park I mostly hit the jumps and boxes/picnic table type jibs. I do hit rails sometimes, but not a lot. I am 6' 200-205, have 2010 burton hail boots size 11, and 09 cartels.
I have narrowed my search to either the gnu riders choice 157.5, or the gnu Kass 158. I know I am probably a tad heavy for both of these boards but prefer something a bit shorter. The RC has a 6 flex and the Kass a 7. I am guessing my weight will make either model softer than that, but hopefully not too soft on either one as carving ability is important to me. The Kass is a touch wider, but I should not have a problem with either board on width. I plan on running a 24"-25" stance and have always used +15/-12 for my binding settings.
I can't make up my mind which one to get. I lean towards the riders choice as I would like to be able to do press tricks fairly easy, but I don't know if my extra weight will make it too soft for reliable carving and edge hold. Thanks for anybody that has any information to share!